The country’s top infectious disease expert stressed the importance of COVID-19 booster shots on Tuesday after a report this week questioned their use.
Booster shots are a crucial part of efforts to stop the coronavirus wave as immunity wanes across all age groups, Dr Anthony Fauci told MSNBC. He said the government is working hard to provide a vaccine to the United States and the world and reiterated its call for all Americans to get bitten, even if they are young and healthy.
“If you are infected, even if you have no symptoms, it is likely that you are passing the virus on to someone else who could pass it on to someone else who could have a serious outcome that could lead to hospitalization. and even death, “Fauci said. “So you have to consider that you are not in a vacuum, you are part of society.”
Fauci’s comments come after an expert review by international scientists – including some from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – called into question the value and ethics to provide third “booster” injections to healthy Americans when many countries are unable to obtain enough vaccines. for the first and second jabs.
The review, published Monday in The Lancet, found that the vaccines remain very effective against serious illnesses, including the delta variant and other major variants.
Meanwhile, the UK said on Tuesday it would offer booster shots to all people over 50 and other vulnerable people, and the Dutch government’s independent medical advisory body said the Booster injections should be given “with a high priority” to people with severely compromised immune systems.
Also in the news:
► Only three states have vaccinated less than 60% of their adult population with at least one dose: West Virginia (56.5%), Wyoming (57.6%) and Mississippi (59.6%), according to CDC data.
►Brown University in Rhode Island has suspended in-person meals and imposed a five-person limit for undergraduate social gatherings in response to a recent increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.
►The World Health Organization and its partners say they hope to provide Africa with about 30% of the COVID-19 vaccines they need by February, half of the 60% target that African leaders are aiming for. were fixed by the end of this year.
►Iowa school districts once again have the power to enact mask warrants after a federal judge temporarily blocked a law prohibiting them from doing so.
►Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is threatening local governments with a fine of $ 5,000 per violation for forcing their employees to be vaccinated.
Numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 41.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 662,500 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 225.5 million cases and 4.64 million deaths. Nearly 179 million Americans – 53.9% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What we read: Most children who suffer from long debilitating symptoms of COVID-19 get better. Doctors worry about those who don’t.
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Judge blocks New York mandate to vaccinate healthcare workers
A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily barred New York state from requiring medical workers to get vaccinated after a group of healthcare workers sued, saying their constitutional rights were violated because the warrant state prohibited religious exemptions.
Utica Judge David Hurd issued the order after 17 medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights had been violated. The judge gave the state until September 22 to respond to the trial in federal court.
The state issued the order on August 28, requiring at least a first injection for healthcare workers in hospitals and nursing homes by September 27.
By size, Tennessee has the most COVID-19 cases in the United States
Tennessee has the most coronavirus infections of any U.S. state over the past seven days and across the pandemic after adjusting for population, according to data compiled by The New York Times.
Tennessee has averaged more than 8,300 new infections each day over the past seven days and has recorded a total of 1.15 million cases since the start of the pandemic. When adjusting these numbers for population, Tennessee has overtaken states like North Dakota and Florida.
Yet Gov. Bill Lee has pledged to fight President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations or weekly testing for COVID-19. Lee calls the mandate unconstitutional. Read more here.
– Adam Friedman, Nashville Tennessee
Cases among children increase ‘exponentially’ as children return to school
The number of COVID-19 cases in children has “increased exponentially” in recent weeks, according to new data from the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday. The number of children across the country who have been infected with COVID-19 has declined this week but is still at staggering levels: an increase of more than 2,700% since the end of June.
Data shows more than 243,000 children were infected last week, a drop from the previous week when nearly 252,000 cases were reported, but still the “second highest number of child cases in a week. since the start of the pandemic “. That’s a huge jump from the 8,447 cases reported in late June or 12,100 in early July, according to AAP data.
The surprising leap comes as more schools return to in-person learning and tensions rise over mandates on vaccinations and masks across the country.
Census Bureau: COVID has thrown millions of people out of work, many into poverty
Americans’ incomes fell last year and more people lived in poverty as the COVID-19 pandemic put millions of people out of work.
Median U.S. household income fell 2.9% to $ 67,500, the Census Bureau said on Tuesday, the first significant drop since 2011. This follows gains of 1.8% in 2017, from 0.9 % in 2018 and 6.8% in 2019. Household income includes premiums, social security, government assistance payments, and investment interest and dividends, among other sources.
Last year, 37.2 million people lived in poverty, 3.3 million more than in 2019. The poverty rate increased after five consecutive annual declines, to 11.4% from 10.5% in 2019. Read more here.
– Paul davidson
Man who spent 16 years on death row before being released dies from COVID
A man who has spent a third of his life on death row following a wrongful murder conviction has died of COVID-19.
Damon Thibodeaux died two weeks ago, nine years after DNA evidence exonerated him and he was released from solitary confinement at Angola Prison in Louisiana. Thibodeaux was arrested in 1996 for the murder of his 14-year-old cousin in New Orleans. New York’s Project Innocence then revisited the case, and Thibodeaux’s conviction was ultimately overturned.
“He was only 47, so he wasted 16 years of his life behind bars for something he didn’t do,” Steve Kaplan, former Thibodeaux lawyer, told USA TODAY. “The resilience and strength of spirit to endure what he went through on death row takes a mental strength beyond my comprehension.” Read more here.
– Asha C. Gilbert
Russian President Vladimir Putin self-isolates after inner circle infections
Russian President Vladimir Putin is isolating himself because of coronavirus cases in his entourage, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, adding that he had tested negative for COVID-19.
Putin was fully vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, receiving his second injection in April.
Contribution: The Associated Press